Domaine Rene Mure/Clos St. Landelin
Owner Rene Mure doesn't stand out in Alsace
for his practice of organic viticulture or his current experimentation with biodynamic preparations; these admirable efforts are shared by a number of other prominent vignerons. What's notable is his work with red varietals. He's been growing Pinot Noir
for over a quarter century and is considering planting Syrah as well.
With the classic Alsatian varietals, Domaine Rene Mure is a source of rich, succulent, sometimes exotically fruity wines from the relatively warm Grand Cru Vorbourg. His section, the Clos St. Landelin, covers 29.5 acres on the south-facing slopes. Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Muscat, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Noir are planted here, in the stoney, clay-limestone soil. Mure's other Grand Cru vineyard, the Zinnkoepfle, produces spicy, fresh Gewurztraminers with complex, floral bouquets.
Alsace has been almost pathologically ignored by the American wine-drinking public for generations--a real mystery in light of the great number of juicy, pure wines produced in this picture-postcard region of northeastern France.
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